About This Wine
In the early days of California winemaking, much was left to chance.
Many winemakers — immigrants from Europe — simply carried on the long-held tradition of planting numerous varieties in a single vineyard, then making what came to be known as “field blends.”
More varieties meant a wider spectrum of aromas and flavors. And since some varieties fare better than others in specific vintages, a certain quality level could be maintained from year to year, even if the wines didn’t smell or taste exactly the same. The simple goal was to make a good bottle of red wine, and in a vast majority of vintages, that goal was achieved.
The 2010 Palette Ridge “Old Vine” Zinfandel pays homage to the field blends of old, but with a modern approach: a specific amount of Petite Sirah added to the cuvee. As the Palette Ridge vintner put it: “It was fun to connect the past with the present.”
California's own grape variety. Red Zinfandel (not to be confused with "white" Zinfandel) can produce full-bodied wines packed with ripe berry fruit and smooth tannins. Flavors of blackberries and spicy pepper.
- Grape Composition:Zinfandel & Petite Sirah
- Grape Source:“Old Vine” Vineyards in California’s Lodi Region
- Aromas & Flavors:Raspberry, Boysenberry, Spice, Pepper, Vanilla Cola and Strawberry
- Aging Vessels:American Oak Barrels
- When to Drink:Now Through 2015
- Food Pairing Suggestiongrilled meats, or lasagna.
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